MOULTRIE, Ga. — Prosecutors began their case against Jeffery Alan Peacock Monday morning in Colquitt County Superior Court.
The state called seven witnesses before lunch, many of them to help establish a timeline of the events of May 15, 2016, when five people died in a house at 505 Rossman Dairy Road.
Peacock, who was 24 at the time of the slayings, is accused of killing Jonathan Garrett Edwards, Ramsey Jones Pidcock and Aaron Reid Williams, all 21; Alicia Brooke Norman, 20; and Jordan Shane Croft, 22, and then setting their house on fire in an attempt to conceal the manner of their deaths.
Among the witnesses were Jorge Delacruz and his wife, Elia Rodriguez, who testified through an interpreter. They live in the trailer park across the road from the house that burned, and they testified that they were awakened by loud noises around 4:30 or 5 a.m. Delacruz described it first by smacking one hand against the other then by knocking on the wooden desk. His wife said it sounded to her like car doors being slammed.
Delacruz got up from bed, turned on the exterior light and looked out the windows but he said he saw nothing amiss and went back to bed.
That was about four hours before firefighters were summoned to the house, which was already engulfed in flames when they arrived.
The victims’s bodies were found inside.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Jim Prine, the lead prosecutor, said in his opening argument that all five were shot at least once in the head.
The court recessed for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Check back at moultrieobserver.com for further coverage this evening.